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TIIE SECRET.

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TIIE SECRET. IN a fair lady's heart once a Secret was lurking; It d iiil(', it tunibleti it loiig'd to get out; The LIPS half-betrayed it by smiling and smirking, And TONOGE was impatient to blab it, no doubt: But HONOUR looked grufF on the subject, and gave it In charge to the TEETH (so enchantingly white), Should the captive attempt an elopement, to save it By giving the Lirs aw admonishing bite. 'Twas sai(i, and 'twas settled SIR HONOUR departed TONG UE quivered and trembled, but dared not rebel; When right to its tip SECRET suddenly started, And half, in a whisper, escaped from his cell: Quoth the TEETH, in a pet," We'll be even for this," And they bit very smartly above and beneath; But the LIPS in that instant were bribed with a Kiss, And they popp'd out the secret' in spite of their teeth.5 TThe following whimsical lines are extracted from a recent work, entitled" Outlines of Edinburgh, and other Poems;" by W. Anderson.] When looking for lodgings, a stranger will see Some customs abstruse to a Southron like me. I saw" Lodgings" put up; and began to explore A dirty stone staircase and came to a door, With a name, and a bell, and a scraper, complete, ] (Like the doors which, in England, we have in the street). I rung-and was told there were lodgings next door; 'So [turn'd, and went down the stone staircase once more; And I search'd the next house for these lodglllgs ot theirs; But discovered at length that next door meant tip stairs; And, on the next story, I speedily came To another street-door, with bell, scraper, and name And if you go up eight or nine stories more, Each has scraper, and bell, and a perfect street-door. This custom at first could not fail to create a <5reat marvel in me, for they all live in strata! One over another, from bottom to top, And beginning below with a stratum of shop! And the mixture is stichr that we often may see an Undoubted pure stratum 'twixt strata plebeian; You may call on a friend of some ton, and discover him With a shoemaker under, and a stay maker over him Mu dwelling begins with a perriwig-maker; | I'm under a corn-cutter, over a baker; A hove the chiropodist, cookery too O'er that is a laundress; o'er her is a Jew: A painter and tailor divide the eighth flat, And a dancing academy thrives over that: We'll leave higher circles unnam'd :—T'other night, My landlady enter'd my room in a fright, And cried, half in tears, with a face full of woe, Your lumn's in a low, sir, your lumn's in a low." I taugh'd in her face for her hasty oration. To me, had convey'd very small information: Indignant she bawl'd, when she saw that I laugh'd. Yr.u're foolish—your lumn's in a low—the man's daft!" *• The baker the oven !"—I now comprehended, And join'd in the cry, ere the uproar was ended,— i' c. The baker the oven oh, oh is it so ? My chimney's on fire my lumn's in a low

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